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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,930 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,930
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 159
Gots: 430 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Beerandboards, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Anthony1
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep ruby in color with an off white head and excellent lacing. The smell is complex and rich with earth notes, a big hint of oak and some extremely bitter hops. The flavor is a bit hot when fresh but nothing like a straight up bastard. Bitter grapefruit and earth oak flavoring cover the pallet and a lingering almost barleywine after taste hangs around for a while. As for mouthfeel and drinkability, well its almost to good. I could drink this all day

Anthony1, Sep 29, 2009
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5/5  rDev +19%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of danielharper
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the original Bastard, but have never had the Oaked variety. 12 oz bottle, gotten in trade at a FTH function a couple of months back.

Appearance: Deep, dark red, opaque, almost stout-like in its quality, but tinged a deep crimson. Thick off-white head that leaves significant lacing. Highly enticing.

Smell: Sweet, hints of cherries, but with a strong hoppiness. The oak is very present here, overpowering the more subtle aromas. Still, it helps the sweetness of the overall scent and makes this a different experience from the original.

Taste: It's like drinking an apple tree. No, seriously. Strong fruit overtones, mostly apples but with a touch of citrus, following closely by the oaky undertones (hence the branches) and finishing with that hop bite (the leaves). It has the kind of woodsy flavor that I associate with cider, but this tastes like no cider you can imagine. It's a big off-putting at first, but... what the hell? It's fucking Stone, right? It grows on my palate quickly, just like all the other Stone beers.

Mouthfeel: Magnificent, as always with Stone. Thick, amazingly so. Like liquid bread. The hops are more subdued than in the normal Bastard, making this go down clean and easy.

Drinkability: It takes a minute to get used to, but this might go down even more easily than Arrogant Bastard. The oak helps to balance the other flavors, and while I don't think this is quite as good as the original beer, I'd definitely like to keep a few of these on-hand for the occasional taste. Fans of the original brew should give it a shot.

danielharper, Apr 04, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

RichD, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Vylo
2.45/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber color, enticing.

Smells like wood, not surprising given the name, but a bit overbearing.

Taste was... disappointing to say the least, reminded me more of double bastard then arrogant bastard. Too strong, tasted like a piece of driftwood dunked a cheap whiskey. Alcohol was not covered at all, and greatly interfered with enjoyment.

Mouthfeel was a bit bland too, could have used more carbonation. Flat taste.

Overall, a huge let down. I hope I had an off bottle, because I really like arrogant bastard (though I hated double bastard). It just tasted wrong to me.

If you like oak aged, give it a try, otherwise, your money would be spent better elsewhere.

Vylo, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Viperman1316, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

taylor714914, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

CorgiDad, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Stockfan42
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer easily tops the unoaked. The first thing I'll usually do is take a good smell of it. The oak and hops make a very sweet smell.

The foam head was very creamy leaving you with a very malty flavor in your mouth. The very dark body could give off a dark amber red tint. If held to a light you"ll see what I mean.

After taking a sip I get that oak and hoppy taste I had smelt before followed by a fruity kick, maybe grapes or something sour. Also the oak wood chips help to leave a pretty good after taste.

This beer goes down incredibly smooth. A bit pricey around these parts but worth a try, will not disappoint

Stockfan42, Jan 30, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

dominic4beer, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

shockrocker65, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of gopens44
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice color. Deer red, ruby red in fact, with an exciting foamy head that lasts almost as long as the drink when poured into a pint glass. Gentle lacing.

S - I couldn't find much here other than the strong aroma of earthy, piny hops. After the ale had lost about half of it's volume, some more citrus like hints started to show up (or smell up, however it is you say it). I had expected some type of scotch or bourbon type oak hints in the smell, maybe even what you'd observe in a Cabernet, but not so much. Not a problem for me, but figured that the name implied more presence of oak than what was really taking place

T - This is why I love ales. Bitter as an old man scorned by life and women ten times over. The immense level of hops were smoothed over by the oak hints that finally made an appearance. In addition to the oak, the impressive balancing of this brew was made so by a grapefruit presence as well.

M - A touch dry yet very silky and smooth. Very nice

D - Absolutely a delight to drink. Thank you Stone Brewing for this homage to ales!

gopens44, Sep 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of rootbeerman
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into duvel glass.

A: pours dark brownish red-orange, with a light brown one finger head, no true lacing due to swirling, but dose lace after swirling.

S: very mellow in comparison to AB, takes a few minutes to open up, light oak, roasted malt, slight citrus, earthy, smoky and fruity

T: again mellow, yet very complex. light hidden flavors, sweet yet bitter. smoky charred oak, caramel, chocolate . coffee is noticed more on aftertaste. hops are lightly citrus,

M: this wont make sense, light but thick, thick in flavor light on tongue, carbonation is medium to mild.

D: needs to be sipped over atleast an hour, flavors come out of hiding from refridgerator cold to room temperature. amazing brew.

rootbeerman, Jan 02, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to london1o1 for the good trade

A- pours a pretty dark slightly red brown with what was originally a pretty fluffy head but quickly faded into a thin lace on top, with bubbles clinging to the side

S- malts and oak are the majority of the scents, some undertone hops that are pretty solid.

T- it starts with a big amber malt flavors with a nice hop bitterness with it, slowly fades into the full hops and then fades into the really strong wood flavor that formed an awesome finish that was really lingering and delicious

M- has a full bodied lightly carbonated creamy body.

D- another solid beer from stone, i really like the oak flavors but the ageing on the arrogant bastard makes that part a little worse but it is still a great beer

Atron67, Feb 14, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

discharmingly, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

kevindp9, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

HuntDaddy540, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

4Socialanxiety, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of tonistruth
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 12 oz bottle

A- cloudy brick red w/ a two finger thick and fluffy beige head, great hold on the head

S- pine and citrus can be smelled around the room at first pour, toffee, toasted malts, molasses

T- strong bitterness throughout, metallic at first, burnt wood, grassy, citrus, pine, wood flavor creeps during the middle and then comes forward at finish, toasted malts, malt sweetness up front then hop bitterness slices right in

M- smooth but hops beat down on the palette, alcoholic heat in after, dry finish

D- i honestly thought this brew would be over hyped, but it seriously knocked my socks off, one of my new favorite brews, recommended

tonistruth, Mar 04, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Satan70, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

straightlambic, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ass honkin' 3L bottle shared with some NoVA BAs. Gently chilled. I used a Maudite tulip cuz the demon iz badassz.

Appearance: Clear cherry red topped by a tannish frothy head. A thick blanket of foam was retained for quite some time and left strong lacing and massive blobs on the glass.

Smell: Restrained AB hoppiness with a strong caramel malt backbone. Whiffs of oaky vanilla and smoke. A brooding, dark smell, perhaps like damnation?

Taste: Odd cedar/woodchip flavor on the outset. Bittersweet malty caramel kicks in accompanied by vanilla sweetness. Bitter hoppines pervades the entire experience. Woody flavor well integrated, though it takes the hoppiness down a notch or two.

Mouthfeel: A real solid medium body. This sucker has been working out and it shows.

Drinkability: I'm worthy, but I think I'll stick to normal AB unless this comes out in bombers (not bloody likely I hear). A good Stone effort.

ManekiNeko, Feb 24, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

afinepilsner, Jul 15, 2013
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,930 ratings.